Valerie June – The Order of Time – Review
Mar19

Valerie June – The Order of Time – Review

  Eastern Mystical Soul Valerie June’s The Order of Time  Memphis-bred, Brooklyn-based songwriter Valerie June is one of a kind.  The Order of Time follows June’s 2013 breakout release Pushin’ Against a Stone that established her as one of the most interesting artists going around.  The old-time blues aesthetic and quirky, but riveting, stage presence are hard to ignore.  Her song stories are full of vivid and personal...

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Review of Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway
Feb18

Review of Rhiannon Giddens’ Freedom Highway

  New Album  Freedom Highway Out February 27 2017 By Rob Dickens Rhiannon Giddens, vocal linchpin for the authentic and engaging trio Carolina Chocolate Drops, set the bar high with her first solo release Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015).   Her follow-up Freedom Highway will be released on February 24 2017 (Nonesuch Records). Giddens is a Grammy Award winner (as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, )was Grammy nominated for her...

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Tift Merritt’s New Album Stitch of the World – Mesmerising and Powerful
Feb01

Tift Merritt’s New Album Stitch of the World – Mesmerising and Powerful

Tift Merritt – Stitch of the World Yep Roc Records Out Now Originally published on addictedtonoise.com.au By Rob Dickens Tift Merritt’s new album Stitch of the World (Yep Roc Records) is her sixth studio release and follows the acclaimed Traveling Alone (2012). Since that earlier release, the Grammy and Americana Award-nominated Merritt has been recording and touring with Andrew Bird, Hiss Golden Messenger and classical pianist Simone...

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Eric Gales’ Spiritual ‘Middle Of The Road’
Jan28

Eric Gales’ Spiritual ‘Middle Of The Road’

One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world – Joe Bonamassa He is absolutely incredible – Carlos Santana Blues journeyman Eric Gales lifts our spirits with Middle of the Road and he is coming to Australia (exclusively) for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest 2017. His new album Middle of the Road (Provogue/Mascot Label Group) is packed with great blues riffs, a so-funky presence and some great songs.  There are...

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Rose Cousins Comes To A Perfect Conclusion
Jan05

Rose Cousins Comes To A Perfect Conclusion

By Rob Dickens Rose Cousins New Release – Natural Conclusion, Out February 3 2017   Musically, my 2017 has started the way that last year (stills sounds funny to say that yet) ended. Beguiled by a golden voice. In this case, the sumptuous vocals belong to, one, Rose Cousins. She’s Canadian.  A native of Prince Edward Island who now lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Natural Conclusion will be in fact her fourth...

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Geoff Achison Hits The Road With Style
Dec19

Geoff Achison Hits The Road With Style

By Rob Dickens   It has been almost a decade since his last studio outing. But crack Australian guitarist Geoff Achison has made up for lost time with Another Mile, Another Minute (Jupiter 2 Records), a vibrant and diverse bunch of foot tapping blues and funk songs that should bring a smile to your face and lighten up your day.  Part New Orleans funk, hard blues and soul – they are all done impeccably. It was last October...

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